Designing attractive, engaging pages can reap major benefits in community engagement.
Webpage design can be broken into two main pieces: structure and style.
Layouts govern the arrangement of cards on a page. Views govern the arrangement of each card's data (name, content, etc). Drilling down even further, you can use formatting to govern the arrangement of a card's content.
The glue that holds these features together is inclusion. Cards include cards include cards. A layout card includes various cards, including the page's main card. Each inclusion specifies a view. If the card's content is part of the view and it includes other cards, then the process starts over again.
- Start Ugly - an advantage of Wagn's approach is that your webpages are functional long before they're finished. Don't try to get everything polished and pretty before you've played around a bit.
- Design for Comfort - website users tend to like to feel like they know where they are. If the layout changes too much as they move around, they start feeling like they don't.
- A Picture is Worth It - Images, even irrelevant ones, can wake up a page and improve readers' retention.